Posted by AidanAK47 on 13 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau

Short Synopsis: A mysterious girl is found and brought on board a vessel called a mud whale which sails on a sea of sand.
AidanAK47’s review
It really is nice to see a fantasy series which doesn’t use the template of Tolkien and instead tries to make a world vastly different from our own. That is the biggest draw of this series so far, the world of this story is very fascinating. For a first episode this is quite good at setting up the culture and livelihood of these people. There are some hiccups however in it’s presentation. One is that the series has the main character narrator constantly to give exposition and allude to future events. While he can have interesting things to say, his narration can be unnecessary at times and this is a world where showing would be better than telling. The second issue is that occasionally the characters have rather “anime” like interactions. What I mean is that there are bits of comedy and dialogue which have the designs go more chibi and exaggerated mannerisms. Considering the serious mature tone of the series it’s odd to have these small moments which just serve to take you out of the show. Another minor thing has to do with the backgrounds and character designs. The backgrounds of this series are magnificent, it appears they got a real anime veteran in to pull out these marvels but sadly they are a bit too good. For the characters have a more simplistic design so it makes them feel very disconnected from these backdrops. Nonetheless this is another strong first episode in a season with great potential so far. So provided that you haven’t met your max setting on your plan to watch list then this most certainly is another to consider adding.
Potential: 70%

Mario’s review
Like one of our commenters pointed out, I get the “From the New World” vibe while watching this show. Their world is a close-knit society filled with rich and fascinating history, carry out many rituals and customs that completely their own. The children in those worlds possess a magic power (whatever terms they use: saimai, cantus – it’s magic). It helps that the main character of this story is an archivist, so the info-dumping about the place doesn’t feel out of place and we will get to know more about its worldbuilding as time goes on. That come to one of my main issue with Children of the Whales right now, we haven’t spent enough time to this world to fully grasp the impact of new change about to come. Without a proper build-up can we, as an audience, care enough about the danger to this society? Another issue that I have is that I notice a tone-changing most of the time the male lead appears. This light-hearted cutesy tone unfortunately doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the episode. Apart from those, we have one of the strongest premiere here. The arts, for example, really stand out with its watercolor aesthetic and detailed backgrounds. The same could be said for the beautiful scores and the attention to details of its world-building. Even the characters have a lot of room for a proper development here. Overall, this show has a potential to become something truly special.
Potential: 80%

Animegataris

Short Synopsis: Two girls decide to revive the anime club at their high school.
Wooper’s Review
High school club series aren’t really my thing, but as far as the genre goes, Animegataris is solid. It feels a little like a kid’s show in its presentation, but there’s an undercurrent of self-awareness running through its simple script. Within the first few minutes, the show mocks ridiculous light novel titles like “A Report on the Irresponsible and Depressing Chronicles of Me and a Certain Eccentric Childhood Friend.” It also comments on popular character archetypes like ojou-sama (“I love the way she’s slightly condescending!”), and uses its soundtrack to create a heightened reality where these tropes slot naturally into a real high school classroom. Unlike a lot of anime where the ~most beautiful girl in school~ is into anime or video games, this one pulls it off by properly balancing her enthusiasm for anime and her shame at having such a nerdy hobby. In the end, the enthusiastic part of her wins out, and so she decides (with a little encouragement) to reform her school’s anime club. Unfortunately, that’s where the show loses me, since it’s going to be a matter of formula from episode 2 onward – recruiting new members, figuring out what to do for the cultural festival, etc. I’d say this episode is worth watching on its own, but it wasn’t enough to convince me that the series will deliver the goods every week.
Potential: 35%

AidanAK47’s review
I can’t say I am fond of these school club animes but this one managed to retain my attention thanks to two things. There does seem to be a degree of self awareness and the characters seem stereotypical but at least have enough personality to show that they didn’t come off a conveyor belt. I can relate to this rich girl otaku’s dilemma of thanking to someone who enjoys anime but doesn’t quite delve into it on the depth you do. I felt like this when I got into a conversation with a newbie anime fan. Much like here it does feel like a disconnection in the conversation and it often end up with you recommending them a bunch a titles. I can’t say it’s funny or all that original but it does at least seem watchable. The second thing though is that there is a odd sense of foreboding here. There are supernatural elements present and there were shots with a man sitting on a bench which didn’t quite tonally match with the rest of the episode. I am not expecting a dark turn but there does seem to be more to this than meets the eye. I plan on giving it a few more episodes to see if it develops into something interesting but even if not this could be a decent anime for watching in between shows.
Potential: 40%

Imouto sae Ireba Ii.

Short Synopsis: A group of LN authors get together to drink, flirt, and play games.

Mario’s review
I believe this show is a jab at the “little sister” archetype, and more especially at Tsukasa Fushimi’s works since his career has been milked from writing those crappy novels sibling relationships. But here’s the thing, the show, not unlike its characters, understand next to nothing about writing a female character. Look the way they write those two girls – one is plain, the other one is foul-mouthed who already has a feeling for male lead despite he doesn’t have to lift his finger. The rest of the show runs more like an author get-together with not-so-exciting games and lazy wish-fulfilment (well, a half-brother who not only can cook, but cook very well). So far none of the cast feel like a real person and that main guy in particular is so annoying to watch for his arrogant and his obsession for little sisters – the only 2 traits that he has. A little note for the author, if you have never seen a real girl sniffing at boy’s underwear with your own eyes before, then don’t write this creep down. It rings false, phony and superficial doesn’t matter how I look at it. If you like the works of Eromanga sensei or shows about self-insert successful LN author who know nothing about the real life then this is right up your valley. Sorry if I sound mean but why do these lazy works keep selling like crazy?
Potential: (my head bursts)

Wooper’s Review
The first 90 seconds of this show are a dramatization of the main character’s manuscript, in which his protagonist makes out with his naked little sister, dunks his head in her used bathwater, drinks her breast milk from a cup, and eats an omelet prepared with her “eggs.” The whole segment looked hideous and made me want to die, but then the show pulled back the curtain and revealed… more garbage. Honestly, my opinion of this show couldn’t possibly be lower, even if the entire 23 minutes had been an extended version of its “tricky” opening scene, because what came afterwards was just as stupid and degrading. The main author’s preoccupation with imouto is aimed squarely at the incest division of Japan’s otaku population, who are incapable of realizing this show exists solely to steal their Blu-ray bucks. The MC’s “step-brother” is fooling absolutely nobody (apart from the show’s sub-70 IQ cast). The main female character might as well be replaced with a block of text that reads, “Girls will like you if you keep watching this show.” Dick jokes, leering shower scenes, underwear sniffing – this series has every bottom-of-the-barrel cliche in the incest anime playbook. But hey, maybe that’s your thing. Maybe you just want a show where you can “turn ur brian of” and watch a handful of underage girls fall in love with a non-threatening protagonist. Maybe this premiere was actually a work of art, and I’m just a dumb normie who can’t understand its brilliance. That’s gotta be it, right? Imouto sae Ireba Ii is a masterpiece, and those pesky normies are out to ruin your anime experience! It’s all the normies’ fault!!! HAHAHAHAHA
Potential: Fuck this show

AidanAK47’s review
Everyday we stray further from God’s light.
Alright to be fair it’s the opening two minutes which were painful to watch. Even though I get the intent for it to be a jab at imouto stories, it’s really wasn’t something I needed to see. Plus it’s hard to mock light novel conventions when you rely on those exact same conventions. The rest is just bad jokes with characters who are one dimensional stereotypes. There is at least one moment at the end which looked to be aiming for a deeper plotline in that the main protagonists fan is a far better writer than he ever was and that could have worked had it not been for the character in question. This is the guy who sabotages his own work just to fulfill his own fetish and self insert fantasy so I can’t say I feel for the guy when he gets sad that someone is a better writer than he is.
Potential: (Incoherent screaming)

7 Responses

  1. KTravlos says:

    I am going to thank you guys for previewing these shows. Especially puke inducing crap like Imouto whatever the frack. So I will not have to drill my eyes out. What the devil did you guys just watch? Just the description by Wooper made me want to puke. What is wrong with the people who make this!

    • meow says:

      Did you actually watch this, by the way? You should sit down and watch it and give a review. Love to hear what you have to say.

      As for me, as already noted, the first one and a half minutes of the lead’s delusions is intentionally over-the-top creepy. That said, the visuals alone aren’t anything beyond something out of Aho Girl. Washing your face in someone’s leftover bathwater is creepy in itself but be aware than in Japan, a lot of families use the same tub of water to bathe one after the other to save on water. Also, onsen water, public bath water, etc. Although they do shower before sharing these and there’s often separate areas for different genders.
      Breakfast was, of course creepy, assuming you believe girls pump milk out on demand and lay eggs. You probably believe tentacle rape is real too. >.>; It’s not. Right? Unfortunately, lingerie fetishists are real. :( Although, going so far as to eat one…wait, edible panties are real, aren’t they?!?!

      The editor’s reaction pretty much mirrors the above three reviewers. I’m a bit curious as to what Wooper sees in his brother. I mean, yes, he’s cute but I’m not sure if he’s up to Astolfo-level yet. Wooper, did you read ahead? Does he turn out to actually be a girl (seriously doubt they’d go there) or a closet otokonoko? I like how he noticed the discarded manuscript in the trash when the lead reported that his meeting with the editor went well.

      The white haired girl seems to be another perv with a crazy crush on the lead with pretty provocative lines. Interestingly, in spite of playing the role of the perverted little sister character to the hilt, (except she didn’t call him “oniichan”), the lead’s not biting at all, even when they’re alone and he has every cliched opportunity to get her drunk.

      I liked the logic game a lot. It seems very legit. A real way to test one’s creativity and language mastery. And I learned a new definition of the japanese term for “deadline”.

      Then the flashback scene, which kinda clarifies the relationship between the lead and the white haired girl. One sees the other as a massively talented rival, the other an author who inspired her out of a terrible time in her life, although without more development, I suppose it is a little too weak to explain her current behavior.

      I like SYD style comedies btw and the production values here work for me. It’s a lot better than that other one this season. At least so far. So based on this debut episode alone, I think you guys might be overreacting just a bit. Like you got poked in a really sensitive spot. Or know something I don’t.

      That said, aside from the reviewers’ amusing reactions, I think this show is another slice of life based on novelists. It might get tiresome if they can’t keep up with creative new situations and jokes and rely too much on the lead’s pervy hook. I do wonder though about whether a major plot point here is to get this guy to grow out of his weird misconception about sisters. I do like the editor’s line, where he notes that the lead would have come out a lot more normal if he actually had a sister, but then again, he would never have become a novelist. Hm.

      • SuperWooper says:

        I don’t know anything about the Imouto source material, but I promise you the step-brother is actually a girl. The editor’s incorrect assumption of her gender outside their apartment was Misdirection 101.

      • KTravlos says:

        You know what, you have a point, but frankly I am going to be prejudiced and go with the view of the reviewers here and not give Imouto a look. And while on a general level people doing what the reviewers describe the MC doing in the first minutes might very well be widespread or normal in Japan, or even the world, it is most certainly something that to my standards of aesthetics (decency if you will) is too much. If I miss out on a great show, I miss out on great show. C’est la vie :D

        • meow says:

          @SuperWooper Ok. I missed the part about the step-brother being a “step” brother. I get the opposite read about him turning out to be a girl though. I think the point was to present a rather feminine looking family member who might well fit the role of a little sister to outsiders, and yet have the pervy MC be unfazed. Their relationship looks normal to me. Still, this might be some kind of shoehorning. As mentioned, he’s kind of too perfect to be real and is there to make a point, realistic/natural or not.

          @KT Actually, what the MC imagines in the first 1.30 minutes isn’t normal at all. It’s a crazy fantasy delusion put on paper and it will creep people out…if taken seriously. Just…the extent of the reaction here is kinda surprising. XD Kininarimasu. :) But I respect how you feel and this show is probably not going to be anything to write home about. Especially compared to it’s marvelous competition. And generally, I think writers shine the brightest when they write about what they’re passionate about.

        • meow says:

          And…yeah. Just watched episode 2. More up and coming novelist angst mixed with some unreal, highly gratuitous, indefensible fanservice. Stay away if you can’t stomach this stuff. NSFW.

  2. Firechick says:

    Wow. I wish Psgels was here to trash Imouto Sae Areba Ii with you guys. I bet he would have had the exact same reaction. Sure am glad I don’t go anywhere near those crap incest anime!

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Anonymous1637770
Also it can be tricky selecting a season sequel since some old series had like 50 to 100 episodes, what counted as a season then?
Anonymous1637770
@Kaiser-Eoghan - It's more common in videogames (especially Capcom) than in other mediums. Megaman 2, RE 2, Street Fighter 2, Dino Crisis 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, etc.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually in a rarity, a sequel season is better than the first.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Which makes my enjoyment of sangatsu so strange.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I generally do not like game/sports orientated shows.
Kaiser-Eoghan
That you slightlySuper-erMario and superwooper!
Kaiser-Eoghan
And my reaction to the show is such, that I enjoyed it enough to make such a huge pot about it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also I want Akari to be my mom and Hina is adorable without being annoyingly so and Kana Hanazawa is doing a good job voicing her.

And whoever said it is right, the op/ed songs are worth listening to, for once I’m not skipping them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
At this point it feels as if by the end of the series I’ll come off it thinking that I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters.
I don’t think as of just yet it complete lives up to honey and clovers legacy though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I never cared about Harunobu initially, but recent episodes have changed this.
Dull parts of the manga are easier to get through for me in the anime due to Shaft elevating the material with one of the better uses of their visual gimmicks.
Giving the series another chance, even though I won’t fully embrace the humour, it does now and then manage to make me laugh a little.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The bullying arc centering on Hina and the shows treatment of it is better than most anime bullying stories and has provided the most emotionally rewarding aspect of the show.
Characters that are assholes like Kyouko’s boyfriend, Kyouko herself I’m finding somewhat more sympathetic and want to see more to their personal drama.
Kaiser-Eoghan
However I do genuinely think that the series does a good job of allowing dramatic moments to creep up on the viewer, that early scene of Hina crying over her mother, Rei’s family flashbacks, Akari’s concerns about Hina/the stuff with her dad, all the scenes with Kyouko do carry an effective and solid dramatic weight to them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel it starts very strong, making a great first impression, then kind of has these dull moments that make it sort of a slog at times to get through, unfortunately I have no interest in chess/shougi and no knowledge the show tries to give me is going to stick or allow me to embrace that.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Through jumping back and forth between the anime and manga, I can say I have no caught up to where I will now watch March comes like a lion on a weekly basis.
Anonymous1636224
The blood of the innocent will flow without end, mmmmmm this is why I love Inuyashiki
Anonymous1636224
Mmmmmm the suffering of all those innocent people feeding his God boner, this is why I love Inuyashiki
Lenlo
Oh yeah, thats not a knock against it. Just noting they dont *need* much animation
SuperMario
Well, the nature of Mahoutsukai is slow-burned, so it makes sense they focus more on static, quiet moments
Lenlo
Was that blade 2022 thing supposed to be an example? Because I wasnt a fan. It was stylish sure, but difficult to follow.
Lenlo
Maho is a good looking show, I wouldnt call it a great animated show.
Lenlo
The issue for me is, theres just not alot being animated most of the time. Usually its a pretty slow moving anime, so most of its time is talking and still shots. It doesnt need alot of animation, so it doesnt have it.
Lenlo
@Niel, I think Mahoutsukai can have good animation when it wants to. Like the water viel in episode 10 looked good (Though im not sure how much of that was after effects)
Anonymous1635607
uhhh creepy
Anonymous1635589
the blood of the innocent will flow without end, mmmm this is why I love Inuyashiki so much
Amagi
I think the security is the same as here, it's just that Japanese people are less likely to rip stuff (correct me if I am wrong). It seems like ripped anime, manga and so on are basically always uploaded by Americans, Chinese people or someone else.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was surprised heavens feel was camripped I thought security in japanese theatres was stronger.
Amagi
Yeah it's also screening in Germany, I will watch it in February, together with Heaven's Feel, Mutafukaz, Kimikoe and a few others.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*on Europa cinema
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nanoha new film to screen next February in the US, come in Europa license it for over here dammit....
Kaiser-Eoghan
Did have some down moments though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I guess contrasting Luke with his old self goes some way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Saw the preview screening of the new star wars, still feel the new trilogy stands inbetween the originals and prequels, fufills its duty as a *** star blockbuster , some genuinely hilarious high camp moments, awful tokenism, Snoke is a shit villain, but two scenes with Luke actually have a pathos to them and I liked the chase/action scenes when they happened. Nobody cares about the acting/dialogue
AidanAK47
But there are times when it goes way too far and you can barely make out what is even supposed to be happening. Or characters go so off model that they are unrecognizable. It can be immersion breaking. Much like uncanny CGI.
AidanAK47
@Niel, I do agree that it's annoying to see people complain about animation when they clearly have no idea what they are talking about. Like those inbetween frame screenshot people. But I will say I appreciate on model characters more so than chaotic movement. When the off model stuff suits the tone of the scene like that blade runner part, then it's fine.
niel
I also don't want to see someone imply visual=animation for the hundredth time. Are people really that ignorant of the technical/artistic aspect of the media they consumed?
niel
It just depends on what works best in given scene and the aesthetic they want to go for. People can complain all they want about off-model stuff, but if they really only want that the they won't be getting nearly as much of those impactful scenes as there are now. So many of the ways people complain about it is really irking to me.
niel
normal/low action scenes is different from being on-model during the action sequences and just the ones that need some extra impact in general. https://youtu.be/rrZk9sSgRyQ?t=6m45s
niel
But that depends on the situation though. And I'd argue that being consistent and on-model during
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter/Niello/Mario: Ideally I want it both ways, fluid animation AND consistent model visuals, all the while never sacrificing choreography.
SuperMario
But really, who am I to say. I'm the dude who prefer beautiful shot composition myself
SuperMario
The same can be said with Shinkai's movies since he always prefers static, beautiful shot that people tend to overlook that his animation is quite poorly handled
Vonter
You're right, but art direction does alleviate limited animation, I mean the old Berserk anime, kinda has a lot of slideshow moments. MahoYome has nice backgrounds, and despite the samey faces, at the very least doesn't come from the same mold as other series. Still cutting corners with chibi segments is was a mistake.
SuperWooper
Is it any wonder that people prefer things to be static/on-model? They want to see characters who look consistent and familiar so they can relate to them.
Nie
MahoYome being the biggest offender of people getting triggered to any kind of statement about the show's animation not being good. And it's absurd because the show's animation really isn't great at all. It's good with distracting people with pretty pictures, but animation-wise it's still mediocre.
Nie
@SuperMario: Not much. Just stuff like "Art is part of the animation weather it's beautiful backgrounds or just amazing looking characters. It's not all about how they move. If it was, CG would be considered great animation" multiple times. I've just been finding myself being replied with these kinds of comment non-stop since the start of the season.
SuperMario
@Niello: What happened exactly, if you don't me asking?
Nielllo
If I hear someone says AMB has good animation one more tie I might actually lose it. It's amazing how people who apparently know nothing about it try to defend this and other people who don't know anything are actually supporting the guy.
Niello
So with Fate Apocrypha episode 22 out, I'm just now learning that people think webgen style is horrible and they prefer static scenes with pretty visual over actual quality animation. WTF. I can't comprehend this. Are casual people who watch animation in general really that oblivious to the art they have been watching?
Lenlo
Berserks Dynasty Warriors style game looked better. Also, Mahoutsukai should be up tonight/tomorrow. Turns out, Christmas is a busy time of year at this job.
Amagi
*worse
Amagi
Especially when you consider how good CGI can be by now, look at Houseki or Kado. But Berserk was the worst thing I saw in years, many scenes felt worst than sequences of PSX games
Amagi
@SuperMario: Same. I love Kon and also consider Paprika's OST as the best. @Lenlo: Me too. I honestly even enjoyed the movies but the new series was atrocious
Lenlo
HIRASAWAAAA! HAAAAAI YOOOOO.
I miss the 90s Berserk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was also quite fond of his soundtracks for Berserk. AIIIIIYE FORCES : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI
SuperMario
@Amagi: I'm a big fan of Kon so I've watched everything from his. Even bought a book about his works. About the soundtrack, I listened to them as well but not regularly, compare to pprika OST which I downloaded and listen to a lot
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although not completely a manga, Usagi yojimbo also has an anthro character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Millennium actress is partially inspired by the actress Setsuko Hara.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: The anthro-animal manga is even a topseller as far as I know. Haven't looked into it yet, though. Maybe I will do so.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I am still hoping Dream Machine will happen some day. Kon died believing it would happen
Amagi
@SuperMario: Have you tried the other Kon movies like Millennium Actress once? Thought they were really good and Hirasawa is responsible for the OST there too. Or Paranoia Agent which was (IMO) very good as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nttSKBJ38k (OP)
Niello
Eoghan: Enjoy... ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't read this, its very strange to see a manga about full anthro animal characters: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Beastars
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: So based on that I will try devil lady. Thanks.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: That'd be me who made that post. I thought dororon enma-kun was wonderfully ridiculous and Devilman gorishly entertaining, Shin Mazinger Z was probably some of the most fun I had with an anime, but violence jack took it way too far though so I guess I'm aquainted with nagai's work
Vonter
I don't remember who was looking for something noir in anime. I was looking among several series from Go Nagai. And watched some Devil Lady. I don't remember if noir is exclusively detective stories, but this anime, has those high contrast shadows, eerie music and is shot like some japanese horror movies I've seen. I don't know if it changes along the road but so far it's very suspenseful.
SuperMario
I only know him through his works in Berserk and Paprika but his music never fails to amaze me
Anonymous1626471
@Amagi: Ghost Bridge is my favourite. I just find it very calming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeh5aJsxlbw
Amagi
Susumu Hirasawa is one of my favorite musicians/composers. I don't even know what kind of subgenre this is. There aren't any other music groups I know who do similar stuff
Nielllo
@Mario, Already saw that video before.
SuperMario
Check this out... I don't even know what the freaking instrument he's playing, but it's spellbound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjalQjAomH0
Niello
Just when I thought Houseki no Kuni took the prize for best animation I was treated with Apocrypha. This week is amazing.
Niello
Big name animators all over. They really threw everything they've got here.
Niello
Woooooah! OMG Apocrypha ep 22 animation is sick! So that's why the animation in the first half of the show is so lackluster and basically just darn awful.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its not entirely odd to bring up Heydrich in relation to the occult either, apparently he was said to be part of some whackjob order.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm, that girl from Dies irae, Anna Schwegln is aptly named, also shares her name with the last executed person for witchcraft, who was Bavarian German, which i'm told by an Austrian friend were particular right-est leaning politically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course unfortunately its often the opposite that happens, nothing is worse than an ending that ruins everything.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, how I love being surprised by something. That feeling where you''re watching something shakily held together, simply okay or good, then suddenly in the second half or last stretch your score of it goes massively up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can kind of understand the wanting to go home and watch something easy mentality instead of challenging but even though I'm guilty of escapism, I'm tired somewhat of "sillier" stuff, its often enjoyable but its get overly reptitive and I wish I could find more philosophical/political/imaginative things.
Amagi
Yeah the show is great because of its theme, the setting and chemistry girls have as well as their (lack of) knowledge about basic human things. Each episode thematizes this in a different way but there isn't much you can talk or say about it when you already explained the topic in detail.
SuperMario
On the other hand, I don't have much to talk about Girls' Last Tour this week. It's still good, but with this episode I feel that I'm running out of concrete thig to say about the show
SuperMario
Haha both Houseki and 3-gatsu have a good showing this week. I have a lot of things to talk about Houseki in particular
Amagi
This week's Houseki is jurassic park
Amagi
*-ati - I think Netflix and so are at least giving a few new impulses which isn't too bad. I don't think the typical anime series will disappear because of that.
Amagi
At least in comparisation
Amagi
I think it's just sad how often I see wonderful series selling 500 BD/DVD or maybe even less. Most series don't sell more than 1500 or so and the rest is usually at ~3000-5000 which is still pretty low.
Amagi
Yeah, it's one of my pro-Netflix arguments as well. Another problem is that anime (not counting manga) only make money through dvd/bd sales since they air at night, whereas Netflix or daytime tv series don't depend on the latter so much and since anime BDs are so expensive the only ones who buy them are the more extreme fans.
AidanAK47
Might be in part due to the workaholic nature of their society that makes escapist fantasy and empty entertainment more appealing than usual. Ultimately these are the people anime is made for so opening up the markets gives more deserving shows a fighting chance.
Though that isn't to say that western taste is perfect either.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, That's part of the reason I think some westernation might be a good thing as from what I seen the Japanese have truly terrible taste in anime. Sales charts from Japan just make me shake my head.
Amagi
God, the preorder anime lists are atricious. The only one that seems to sell acceptable (around 6k) is Mahoyome. Series like Inuyashiki have 80 pre-orders so far, Shuumatsu Shoujo 977. Idol shows sell good of course, including that male/bishounen Idolmaster
AidanAK47
@Anon, I read it but kinda fell out due to it's releases being slow.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Actually if you check the manga recommendations section, you'll see there is a post about it here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yes, it was interesting to follow a story that dealt with a characters homosexuallity that was outside of the yaoi/yuri mould.
Anonymous1620968
Out of curiosity, has anyone on here read Shimanami Tasogare?
Niello
Where are we up to with Inuyashiki?
Lenlo
Well alright then. Episode 9 out of 11 and that happens. Was not expecting that
Lenlo
Ooo something happen this week? Im about to watch it
Kaiser-Eoghan
It feels just as rushed and awkward in the manga.
Amagi
I noticed this too
AidanAK47
Inuyashiki has balls of steel to pull that in this particular episode number.
Nielllo
Finally got around to reading Helck, and it looks like it's going to go into that pile of good-shounen-that-won't-ever-get-animated right alongside Psyren.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Imagine trying to buy the dvds of the show in public.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Gentle remind that the prism ilya movie is out and subbed.
AidanAK47
Still surprised the second and third seasons got dubbed.
AidanAK47
@Angel, I replied to one of your comments before but the rundown is no official word yet but maybe next year.
Angel
Or no? Someone please tell me!!
Angel
Going to happen?
Angel
Is fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub
Amagi
I dislike it when manga bait me into reading due to the first chapter and end up being some very generic stuff afterwards. Nobody stays for B if he started something for A, authours should expect that.
Lenlo
Really, Juuni should stick with the 3D. That fight in ep 9 looked pretty good. 3D is clearly what they are good at
AidanAK47
@Niello, It's not Chatango. It's a plugin for wordpress called Wisechat.
SuperMario
@Niello: yeah, Juuni caught me off guard this week. The production of Juuni is unfortunately shaky, but well, strong writing can save the day
Niello
Btw is this chat still Chatango?
Niello
This week episode of Juini is surprisingly good compared to how the show usually is with its backstory. Although the part where Ox tries to explain to Tiger could definitely use some visual buff.
SuperWooper
in the future*
SuperWooper
Pretty cool that Juuni Taisen had that kind of emotional heft this week, though. Might be one of the 2017 shows I sample the in the future.
SuperWooper
I think the occasional comments with an episode title and nothing more come from people who mistake the shoutbox for a search bar.
SuperMario
@Anon1614688: juuni taisen... made me tearing up this week. Honestly didn't expect that. Damn you, Tiger
Anonymous1614688
juuni taisen
Amagi
Had some complaints regarding Children of Whales but the latest two episodes were pretty good.
Amagi
@Anon: You explained it better than me.
Anonymous1614307
Kaiser: I actually have the exact same opinion of Natsume and Mushishi. Both are excellent, but Natsume just does a great job with a small core cast and a very simple premise
Anonymous1614456
who likes naruto
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mushishi does have good stories, but it was always a manga I'd dip in and out of, on and off for years, never marathoning it, wheras Natsume was easier to read several chapters of in one go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its because Natsume has more pathos.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*more than
Natsume weirdly ended up becoming this comfort manga for me with a higher consistency rate .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will state that I hold the terrible opinion that I like Natsume Yujinchou than Mushishi but at the same time completely recognize that Mushishi is probably the more ambitious, better show.
Niello
So it becomes a cycle of "this is an interesting set up" (except that the new Kino isn't even good at that) and then they fucked up or Kino/Shizu fucked them up even more, then move on. Without the emphasis on philosophical nature of the set up they present like in the original Kino, there really isn't that much point to it.
Niello
With the new Kino it's more about messing people up, occassionally observing and hardly ever improving. The anwsers or solutions to the problem they present is never really talked about in a rational way.
SuperMario
@Anon1614318: maybe you should give the old Kino a try. What I don't like most about the new version of Kino is that both Kino and the new guy are sketched as hero. The old Kino manages the tone right as well. There were some really dark tales and most of them thought-provoking. Can't say the same for say...Country of Cooking
Anonymous1614318
I don't know, it might be interesting to actually dig deep into the differences between episodic series with this kind of style to see what works and what doesn't.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's a matter of the chapter they chose to adapt were not really the better ones but the ones where the protagonist is more of an active role. Not totally against that, but it feels like the protagonist is just OP all the time. At least with Mushishi Ginko isn't able to save everyone all the time.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's supposed to be more allegorical, but most of the time the allegory is not really meaningful enough. I thought it would be more along the lines of Mushishi, which is kind of similar in setup, but better in most other ways.
Anonymous1614318
What keeps me sticking around are some of the nice background arts and generally pleasant use of color, but admittedly most of the episodes aren't really engaging in a meaningful way. Most of the time its just Kino/Shizu show up, find out town's gimmick, then save the day. I prefer the episodes where the townspeople are more than just flat background characters.
Anonymous1614318
It's interesting to see how this new Kino season is being received from folks who've already watched the original. This is my first real exposure to Kino, and I kind of like it, but even without watching the original, I share many of the same complaints Aidan and most of the others have.
Amagi
I am also kinda sad he's just some 2* servant in fgo, but his power is special and he's physically weak, so it's understandable.
Amagi
And again, Shakespeare is just great but the character is, sadly, kinda wasted here considering how much screentime he has.
Amagi
@Aidan: Yes. Plus, maybe more characterization or background for some servants. The anime would have that time without Sieg and his romance sub plot.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Those being remove Sieg and more Shakespeare?
Amagi
And man Apocrypha is pretty good but it would be twice as good if it had those two changes Aidan always mentions in the reviews..
Amagi
@Kaiser: I think the male in Kino was a mistake. Having two PoV sounds good, but he's basically just a male Kino, he even looks like her. Someone vastly different would have been way more interesting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd guarantee that sangatsu no lion would be high up, but FINALLY this weekend I'll be catching up.
Niello
@Kaiser, Ugh my phone gitched. What I meant to say was that background was unexpected. Now I see why you're enjoying CotW though.
Niello
@Kaiser, That's unexpected.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoyed how outright surreal Arakawa was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: It bothers me that they're stuffing multiple tales into single episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, excel saga, I wonder what I would think of it now, its been years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I actually respect Aidan's coverage of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Yes that edgy villain kid in COTWs was annoying though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I don't care much for the male character that leads some of the episodes in this new adaptation.
@Niello: Its a non-mainstream shoujo that isn't set in a school, moves at a quick enough pace and has some nice background art/chara design, I grew up on shoujo fantasy manga also so theres that.
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